Provider Perspectives on Stressors, Support, and Access to Mental Health Care for Latinx Youth

Erin M Rodríguez, Lauren Smith
Qualitative Health Research 2019 July 24, : 1049732319857695
Despite risk for mental health difficulties, Latinx youth have among the lowest rates of mental health care utilization. With this study, we contribute to our ongoing community-based participatory research (CBPR) efforts to explore stressors and protective factors experienced by low-socioeconomic status (SES) Latinx youth, and how these factors influence mental health care utilization. We interviewed community providers and stakeholders ( N = 11) from organizations serving low-SES Latinx youth. Coded data yielded seven categories of specific stressors, protective factors, and processes by which these factors influence service utilization. Across categories, providers emphasized how combined family and socioeconomic risk contributed to disengagement from services and described schools and community programs as buffering this risk. Findings suggest that the unique experiences of low-SES Latinx youth contribute to low rates of service utilization, and that intervention should address specific factors at the family, school, and community level to improve access to care.


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